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If I have to choose, Ariel is my favorite character in William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.
He’s magical, faitful but trapped, ambiguous in some ways.
It’s a fact, often he’s played by a woman or Prospero is female.
There’s even a double Ariel, like if he was conjoined twins!
So here a list of some actors and actresses who played Ariel in versions of “The Tempest”.
(in chronological order from older to newest, I’ve to look for bigger pics)
Can’t be exhaustive, of course, because the role was played so many times!
1952 Margaret Leighton as Ariel to Ralph Richardson’s Prospero,
in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Tempest in Stratford, Ont.
Source: britannica.com about the production
1978 – Ian Charleson as Ariel to ….‘s Prospero in the RSC’s 1978 production of “The Tempest”
Picture from the book “For Ian Charleson: a tribute”, 1990
2008? – Hal Yamanouchi and Gianna Beduschi as double-Ariel to Tato Russo‘s Prospero
in “La Tempesta” by Tato Russo
Picture from the site: http://archivio.crastulo.it/
Official site: latempesta.net
Tato Russo Official Site: tatorusso.it/la_tempesta_index.htm
2009? – Bangkok actress Sasapin Siriwanij as Ariel to ….‘s Prospero,
in “The Tempest” …?
Picture from her official site: sasapins.multiply.com
2013 – Colin Morgan as Ariel to Roger Allam‘s Prospero,
in “The Tempest” at the London Globe
Official site: shakespearesglobe.com
I love those peacock feathers!
2016-2017 – Mark Quartley as Ariel to Simon Russell Beale‘s Prospero in “The Tempest” RSC production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, 2016 – Barbican Centre in London, 2017, photo: © Topher McGrillis, Official site: rsc.org.uk
I hope to make it in Summer 2017 because it looks great, starting from Ariel!
1977 – A rather dark Ariel! David Brandon in “Jubilee” by Derek Jarman
Picture from divxclasico.com
1979 – Karl Johnson as Ariel to Heathcote Williams‘s Prospero,
in “The Tempest” by Derek Jarman
1980 – David Dixon as Ariel to Michael Hordern‘s Prospero,
in “The Tempest” by John Gorrie
Picture from worldscinema.org
1982 – Susan Sarandon as Ariel to John Cassavetes‘s Philip
in “Tempest” by Paul Mazursky
1991 – Orpheo, Paul Russell, James Thiérrée and Emil Wolk as Ariel to John Gielgud‘s Prospero
in “Prospero’s Books” by Peter Greenaway
??? – Matthew Goode as Ariel …?
His fan site posted a picture years ago, but it is gone now.
So, no clues.
2010 – Ben Whishaw as Ariel to Helen Mirren‘s Prospera,
in the movie “The Tempest”, by Julie Taymor
Picture from images.allmoviephoto.com
(to be continued)